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  • Published: 16 January 1997
  • ISBN: 9781860460753
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 560
  • RRP: $34.99

The French




An eye-opening, amusing, and immensely readable guide to a nation themselves – sure to please anyone who has ever been inspired, exasperated, amused or entranced by the French.

France is the most popular country in the world with foreign visitors. Each year millions of people arrive there to take delight in its landscapes, its extraordinarily rich history, its art and architecture, its food and its wine. For many visitors, especially, perhaps, the British, the only difficulties lie with the people. The French, it is generally agreed, are either irritating or baffling or both. Theodore Zeldin’s book is an erudite but tongue-in-cheek guide to the French which will dispel any lingering Francophobia in the minds of those who read it. In chapters with titles like ‘Why it is hard to meet an Average French Person’, ‘How to understand what they are trying to say’ and ‘How to sympathise with them’, he unravels the mysteries of the French. This is a brilliantly sustained, readable and amusing cultural analysis which unlocks the door to the French mind and the French spirit.



  • Pub date: 16 January 1997
  • ISBN: 9781860460753
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 560
  • RRP: $34.99

About the Author

Theodore Zeldin

Theodore Zeldin, educated at Birkbeck College London and Christ Church Oxford, is senior fellow of St Antony's College Oxford. He has been awarded the Wolfson Prize for History, been elected a member of the European Academy, and figures on the Magazine Littéraire's list of the hundred most important thinkers in the world today.

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